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Domtar deals approved

More than 500 Unifor members in the Dryden-based Domtar pulp mill and Woodlands operations have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new four-year collective agreements.

“These contracts contain some of the largest monetary increases in the sector in almost two decades,” said George Smith, Unifor Local 324 president.

Family centre needs support

Since March, the Family Drop In Centre at 272 Scott St. has provided friendship, clothing, food, and quality conversation to members of the community who may be struggling.

But the centre, which is run by volunteers, will be shut down by the end of February if it does not receive more funding from the community.

Joint effort to return sacred objects

Since 2016, Rainy River First Nations and the Royal Ontario Museum have been engaged in a collaborative effort to return ancestors and sacred objects that were removed from the community during excavations of the burial mounds in the 1950-'70s.

The ROM recognizes its participation in these past excavations by Walter Kenyon, who served as curator at the ROM from 1956-1982.

PSB in search of new members

The Fort Frances Police Services Board is seeking motivated, community-minded individuals to apply for two provincially-appointed positions on it.

Two current board members—John McTaggart and Andrew Hallikas—recently were elected to town council and have to vacate their positions on the PSB.

The Fort Frances PSB is a five-person board consisting of the following:

User fees could go up 2.6% here next year

User fees here could go up 2.6 percent next year.

Town council has directed division managers to affect the indicated user fee increase in the 2019 user fee schedule, with each executive committee to then review the impact of the increase on their respective division.

Council then will make a decision regarding any increase based on feedback from the executive committees.

Budget timetable set

The incoming council will be busy right off the bat with the 2019 municipal budget.

The current council approved the timetable for planning out next year's budget at its regular meeting yesterday evening (held one day later due to the Remembrance Day observance).